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6 Surprising Reasons Your Hair Won’t Grow

Why won’t my hair grow?

Long hair is the ultimate beauty goal... at least, it’s mine! I Google “how to make your hair grow faster” at least once a month, and chances are you do too if you’ve found yourself here. But my journey to long hair never seems to be a success. My strands get to a certain point and stop growing. Hair grows at an average rate of half an inch every month: that means the average person's hair grows only about 6 inches every year. Some people have a longer hair growth phase, so their strands can grow to crazy lengths. Unfortunately, I’m not one of those people, but I haven’t given up on my long hair dream. And neither should you! It takes a little patience, but you can encourage your hair to grow longer and stronger. If you’re dealing with thinning hair, hair loss, hair breakage, or you just want longer hair; we’re talking hair growth ahead. We’ve rounded up the best hair care products, treatments, and tips to help your hair grow longer, faster.

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6 Reasons your hair won't grow

1. Genetics 

You might be surprised to learn that your hair doesn’t actually stop growing at a certain length, it stops growing at the end of your hair growth cycle. Your hair’s growth phase is determined by your genetics and can last anywhere between two and six years. So once the hair reaches the end of its growth cycle, it stops growing and will either break off or shed. Genetics can also play a role in determining the concentration of your thyroid hormone, which can also affect your hair’s ability to grow.

2. Age

Your age also affects your hair growth because your cycle becomes shorter the older you get. Your beginning six-year cycle slowly reduces to a two-year cycle, making your hair thinner and less likely to grow. In addition, as you age your scalp produces less oil leading to dryer hair that’s more prone to split ends and breakage. 

3. Diet

Just like it affects your physical health, your diet also affects the health of your hair. For healthy hair, you need a diet rich in iron, vitamin D, zinc, B-complex, and collagen. Iron is found naturally in things like eggs and chicken, while mushrooms and yogurt are natural sources of Vitamin D. Zinc can be found in red meat, beans, and nuts and collagen is found in dark leafy greens like spinach and kale. Supplement with a B-complex vitamin which includes biotin to increase the rate of hair follicle growth.

4. Shedding

Shedding is a natural part of the hair growth process and it happens to everyone (even the ones with the really good hair). But if your hair falls out faster than it can regrow, then shedding can be the reason you can’t get your strands past a certain point.

5. Stress

Stress is another reason your hair might not be growing. Both emotional and physical stress is linked to hair loss because it restricts the growth cycle. Finding ways to de-stress improves your mental health, as well as the health of your hair. Things like meditation, exercise, and doing a hair mask while binging Netflix are all good ways to relax and eliminate stress.

6. Hair breakage

Breakage is one of the most common causes behind your hair not growing. If your hair is breaking off just as fast as it grows, then it’s impossible to gain length. Lots of common habits can be contributing to your hair breakage. Let’s take a look below.

What causes hair breakage?

  • Over-processing. Exposing your hair to chemicals strips it of its natural oils and roughs up the outer cuticle. This causes damage to your strands and leads to hair breakage. A healthy hair cuticle lays flat, fortifying your hair, making it smooth and shiny. A lifted, damaged cuticle makes hair weak, brittle, and susceptible to breakage. Over-processing your hair (this includes perming, relaxing and coloring your natural hair) leads to major split ends and breakage, meaning your hair just can’t get past a certain point.
  • Heat stylingExcessively heat styling your hair is another common culprit behind split ends and breakage. Every time you hear the sizzle of a hot tool when it touches your hair you’re negatively affecting your hair growth. Hot tools accelerate damage by burning and damaging the structure of your hair. Parched, brittle strands can only take so much heat styling before split ends form and breakage starts.
  • Aggressive stylingBeing too aggressive with your hair when you style it can also be causing your strands to break off. Brushing or combing too forcefully, wearing tight hairstyles, or using uncovered elastics all cause breakage to your hair. 
  • Split ends. Split ends are almost as bad as breakage. Once a hair splits, it’s impossible to repair it. And once a strand is split, it will continue to split up higher and higher, until it breaks off. So although your hair is growing from the hair follicle at the root, it’s simultaneously breaking off from the bottom, keeping you stuck at a certain length with no hair growth. 
  • Poor haircare routine. The products you use in your hair care routine matter. Lots of products contain harmful ingredients that end up doing more bad than good. Use only natural and sustainably-sourced products like our products for hair breakage, which are free of these ingredients. Be gentle with your strands and include the tips below in your hair care routine.

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The best hair tips for hair growth

These tips and hacks will help you gain length fast.

Brush your hair before you wash it

Brushing your strands while they’re wet and at their most vulnerable will result in breakage and split ends. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair completely before showering. Start at your ends while gently and slowly working your way up. 

Use cool water when you wash your hair

Hot water dehydrates your hair causing brittle, broken strands. Keep the heat to lukewarm and wash gently with a sulfate-free shampoo like our Energizing Shampoo for thin hair to stimulate hair growth. Follow up with a conditioner and finish with a blast of cold water to seal your hair cuticles, and make your hair shiny and smooth.

Keep your hair hydrated

Every time you shampoo your hair, you must condition it. Our vegan conditioner for damaged hair deeply moisturizes damaged strands and reinforces the structure of your hair. Focus on the mid-shaft and ends of your hair and let the conditioner sit for a few minutes. 

Massage your scalp

Products, sweat, and oil build up on your scalp and hair follicles over time. This impedes your hair’s growth and your chances of gaining length. Destress and stimulate your hair follicles for new hair growth at the same time by using an exfoliating wet brush to gently massage your scalp while your conditioner works.

Don’t towel- dry your hair

Towel drying your hair roughs up the cuticle and leads to frizzy hair. It can also result in hair breakage due to the weight of the towel. Instead, wring excess water out of your hair with a microfiber hair towel. Then pat your hair dry and let it air dry, if you can. But we realize this isn't always the case, and sometimes you need to use heat, in which case…

Protect your hair when heat styling

Think of using heat protectant before using hot tools, the same way you would use sunscreen before going in the sun. A heat protecting hair product coats the strands, forming a barrier between your hair and the stress of the heat; just be sure to use the right temperature when heat styling your hair. Finer or thinning hair is more susceptible to damage, so try to use a lower temperature when using heat.

Use a hair treatment

The Davines Energizing line was designed to fight and protect against hair loss and hair thinning. All the products in the line stimulate hair growth while reinforcing weak hair to prevent future breakage. Apply the treatment gel for thinning hair directly to the scalp after washing and conditioning your hair. Do not rinse out.

Final thoughts on how to make hair grow

If you’ve found yourself to the end of this article then you know the struggle it can be to get your hair to grow. If you’re dealing with thinning hair, hair loss, hair breakage, or you just want longer hair, you don’t have to give up on your dream of growing Rapunzel-esque locks. You can encourage your strands to grow longer and stronger with our products, tips, and treatments. The Davines line of hair care products aren’t just good for your hair, they’re good for the planet. All of our formulas use natural ingredients and are made with renewable energy and packaging minimizing the environmental impact. If you’re wondering why you can’t get your length past a certain point, it’s time to take some action. Change up your habits and update your products, and you’ll gain length you never thought was possible. Your new long hair look awaits!

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by Jaclyn LaBadia, featured contributor

Photos by @goldandglowco

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3 Responses


January 15, 2024

Thanks for the help! My hair has stopped growing at upper/mid back. I’ll try some of these techniques. Thanks!

Carla Stark
Carla Stark

February 22, 2023

My hair is not growing in the front and sides please help.

Demetria31 Murphy
Demetria31 Murphy

May 12, 2022

I really need my hair to grown I have bald spots everywhere

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